Defend Truth

Southern Sudan chooses Freedom anthem, Idols style

Late on Sunday the field of contestants to provide the music for Southern Sudan's national anthem was narrowed down to three. Joseph Abuk, chairman of the technical committee overseeing the anthem, said southern officials and the army would have the final choice. The words for the anthem have already been finalised, containing such hopeful lyrics as: "Sing songs of freedom with joy, for peace, liberty and justice shall forever reign." A bit like writing your anthem before you've got your secession. A referendum on the split is supposed to take place on 9 January, although it is far from certain if this will in fact happen, owing to unhappiness concerning the electoral register, among other issues. Read more: Sapa, via Times Live


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options